I have no idea how to play racquetball. But I see that as an asset right now, in terms of burning calories.
According to shapefit.com, “competitive” racquetball burns 700-800 calories per hour*, depending on your weight, whereas “casual” smacking the ball around burns 400-600 calories.
But the game Colleen and I have been playing this week allows no down time for missed shots and service changes. Not knowing what the heck we’re doing, our sole objective is to keep the ball bouncing off all four walls as well as the ceiling. We alternate shots, but there is no dodging your turn. You miss, you chase the ball down and send it on its way again before it stops — or “dies,” hence the name “Survivor.”
Casual? Sure. But this is probably the best game we’ve come up with to stay on the move with absolutely no breaks in the action. Because you don’t know which wall your partner is going to hit off of, you’ve got to be ready at all times.
One of these days we’ll get around to learning the rules. But for now this is a heck of a lot of fun, provided you don’t mind working up a sweat.
*According to shapefit.com, “casual” raquetball burns 413 calories per hour at 130 pounds, 493 at 150 pounds and 604 calories at 190 pounds, whereas “competitive” racquetball burns 590, 704 and 863 calories per hour, respectively.